Executive Leadership

Jim Wolfe
Mr. Wolfe is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knight. Mr. Wolfe is an attorney with past concentrations in transportation, labor relations, regulated industries, real estate transactions, the Railway Labor Act and government relations. He is responsible for leading strategic business planning for the corporation.

Kevin Lentz, PE
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Lentz manages all aspects of Knight’s operations. He is a hands-on leader, providing clear direction for project work and extensive technical expertise while building and maintaining strong working partnerships with clients and industry leaders.

Location Leadership
Randy Byom, PE, Vice President, Wisconsin
Dan Kavanaugh, PE, Senior Vice President, Chicago
Clayton Shipley, PE, Vice President, Bolingbrook
Eugene Joynt, PE, Vice President of Construction Services
Christine Reed, PE, Senior Vice President, Springfield
John Adam, PE, Senior Vice President, Iowa

Functional Leadership
Noreen Ellis, Chief Communications Officer
Melissa Mulhern, Chief Financial Officer
Bill Murphy, SE, RA, PE, Principal Structural Engineer
Marko Popovic, PE, Principal Electrical Engineer
Roxanne Knapp, RA, Director of Architecture
Chuck Sommer, PE, Vice President of Civil Engineering
Jeff Bedwell, PE, Director, MEP Group




Dan Kavanaugh, PE

As Senior Vice President, Dan Kavanaugh oversees all aspects of professional services in the firm’s Chicago headquarters. A hands-on leader with the proven ability to establish strong, effective relationships with clients, Mr. Kavanaugh leads a strong team of engineering and architectural Project Managers in developing the right solution to a wide range of design challenges. He serves as the firm’s Director of Quality Assurance and is dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality technical product that meets or exceeds client expectations. Mr. Kavanaugh has a BS in Civil Engineering from Marquette University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. Selected projects Mr. Kavanaugh led include the following:

Chicago Spire Michigan Avenue Streetscape Riverside Park 88th Avenue Improvement World Shooting and Recreation Complex
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Chicago Spire